BAT Instructor’s Course

Grisha Stewart’s hands-on Instructor’s course is for behaviorists and trainers who are using BAT and want to take their skills to the next level. The certification exam is included with the course for free ($300 value) to all full participants and attendees. The written portion of the test is given at each course and participants can submit video for the Practical Skills Assessment after the course. The course is not required for full certification but is highly recommended.

“I absolutely recommend the course to trainers around the world who are open to growing their business and expanding their skill set. It’s a unique course experience filled with hands-on experiences in a constant stream of dialogue with like-minded peers. The certification gives you not only the confidence to use this technique, but it validates your BAT skill set to your own pet professional community. Plus, attending is a lot of fun!” – Ellen Naumann, CBATI, CPDT-KA (full participant)

Upcoming Courses:

Here are the upcoming BAT Instructor’s Courses around the world. Click on the country for registration and other information. Note that These are ALL we will be scheduling for 2014, so click on locations that are near you, even if it’s not in your country (or state). Locations without links will have more info soon. Costs vary by location:

  • Netherlands: May 21-25, 2014 (Arnhem, about 1 hour from Amsterdam, in English)
  • Denmark: September 24-28, 2014 (Tune, near Copenhagen, in English)
  • US: East Coast, June 25-29, 2014 (Huntington, NY – Long Island, near New York City)
  • US: Northwest, August 12-16, 2014 (Seattle, Washington)
  • Spain: October 1-5, 2014 (Madrid, translation in Spanish!)
  • Australia: October 29 – November 2, 2014 (Melbourne area)

Your BAT and leash-handling skills will be honed in this course for dog trainers and behaviorists, so you can be comfortable doing BAT with clients and know that you’re doing it ‘right.’

Personal attention: The BAT Instructor’s Course is limited to 12 student participants (full participation) and 12 student auditors/attendees (observation only).

Full participants: Each student participant has a chance to work directly with a dog/handler team (client intake and several training set-ups for a dog with fear, frustration, or aggression) as a co-trainer, practice BAT in a group setting, analyze video clips of course BAT sessions, and participate in problem-solving sessions.

For the hands-on portion, client/dog teams attend the seminar as ‘clients.’ Each full participant is matched with another full participant and a client. Participants are guided through the intake process for a new clients and work with the clients multiple times. Participants will get a chance to see each other work and improve learning by giving each other feedback (note that this means you will also be working in front of the other trainers in the course). Because of the small groups, we are able to work on a variety of issues during this course.

Full participants will also have the opportunity to do short presentations (about 15 minutes) on a BAT-related topic of their choice. You can opt out of this if presentations make you nervous, but it’s a good opportunity to learn about a technical aspect of BAT.

“I wholeheartedly recommend this course! I took it as a dog trainer working with overly reactive dogs to expand my techniques and skills and it certainly did that. Non-reactive dogs I work with have benefited by my increased awareness of canine body language, distance criteria, and wonderful techniques like “Treat Party!” Fearful, shy, and frustrated dogs I work with are gaining confidence and learning more appropriate responses faster and more naturally based on BAT. GREAT Course. Grisha is not just a superb dog trainer, she’s an excellent workshop presenter!” – Caryl-Rose Pofcher, CBATI (full participant)

Auditors/Attendees: You will take part in analyses, problem-solving sessions and discussions, but observe practical demonstrations rather than coaching clients. You will still learn a lot about how to do BAT.

All participants and attendees receive a Certificate of Attendance.

“As an auditor I was totally involved in the whole course. I was paired with two of the participants and was an active member of the group. Any time my partners did a BAT session I had a bird’s eye view as I was the video-taper for my group. You can’t get any better than that. Grisha Stewart gives a very intense , well laid out program ,one I can assure , you will not regret. I went, I soaked up all the knowledge, I studied, I wrote the exam, I passed and I headed home majorly geared up to finish my certification process. Not to forget I also made some awesome new friends ! I suggest GO FOR IT!” – Jennie Murphy (auditor)

“I did learn a lot as an auditor. We get to participate in the planning of the work and you witness everything. I passed my exam. Now working with confidence on my videos.” – Jean Lessard (auditor)

Course pre-requisites:

(Note that this requirement has changed, as participants who read the book in addition to the 2- or 1-day seminar had a much better understanding of BAT at the beginning of the course, so we could work on more advanced skills. If you have already registered with the old pre-requisities, that’s fine. We just suggest that you read the BAT book.)

Will I Get Certified at this Course?

This course is to increase your BAT skills, not to guarantee a certification. About 75% of full participants have passed the CBATI written exams on their first attempt and all participants need to pass their Practical Skills Assessment by video as well (see below).

Application for certification is free for all participants and attendees taking part in the Instructor’s Course ($300 value). All participants and attendees are entitled to one attempt at the written and practical skills exams if they sign a pledge to adhere to the philosophy of progressive reinforcement training.

The written part of the exam is offered on the last day of the course to all attendees and participants. The written exam has short answer and multiple choice questions. Everyone who passes the written exam will submit a video case study for the Practical Skills Assessment to demonstrate their practical BAT skills using BAT. Full participants will only need to submit a 20-minute video with some written assessment of their own work, while the auditors/attendees will need to do the regular case study.

Full Certification: To be eligible for full certification, you must also have logged 200 hours of training dogs using force-free training techniques as described on the CBATI certification page. These hours can be accrued before or after the course and exam.

Provisional Certification Participants and attendees who pass the written exam and their videos, but who have not yet submitted evidence of the 200 hours experience will be awarded Provisional Certification.

What if I don’t pass? If you do not score above 85% on the written examination or the video practical skills assessment shows that you are not yet ready to be a CBATI, then you will need to register for that portion of the exam at another date. If you pass half of the exam (written only or Practical Skills Assessment only) then you can register for the exam at a reduced fee. You do not need to retake the course, unless you want to do so to further improve your skills.

Note: none of the participants or auditors bring dogs, because the focus of the course is to work as a BAT instructor, not a client working with their own dog. We will provide dogs and clients for your practice as a trainer/behaviorist.

Past instructor’s courses:

  • US: Northwest (near Seattle, WA) – August 20-24, 2012
  • US: East (Westborough, MA) – November 10-14, 2012
  • Europe: Portugal (Braga, in English) – February 14-18, 2013
  • Germany ( Schwäbisch Hall-Gottwollshausen, Germany, in English) – March 20-24, 2013.
  • US: Northeast, April 24-28, 2013 (Bethlehem, PA, near Philadelphia)
  • UK: June 1-5, 2013 (Banbury, Oxfordshire)
  • US: Northwest, August 27-31, 2013 (Alaska, Anchorage)
  • US: West Coast. California, November 9-13, 2013 (Petaluma – near San Francisco)
  • UK: February 25 – March 1, 2014 (Banbury)

17 Responses to BAT Instructor’s Course

  1. Don French says:

    I live in Ontario Canada, how can one become BAT Certified without attending to a seminar or course in the USA? Thank you …Don French aka Good Dog Guru

    • Grisha says:

      Hi Don, In 2013, we will be offering the test at selected venues, not just at the courses. I will have information on that this fall.

    • Dana Gallagher says:

      Don – I also live in Canada and made the trip to the US to take the course and write the exam. It was well worth the trip to see so many talented trainers working with BAT and definitely improved my understanding of the method!

      • jan wherley says:

        Hey you, Dana ! I am thinking of taking this, or another BAT course. I’d prefer to take one with Ben.. as you know, he needs it!
        Hope you are keeping warm! jan with Ben and Muddy in BC, Canada !!

  2. I purchased the book at Clicker Expo this year and very much would like Grisha to bring her instructors course to Michigan! :-)

  3. I think Raleigh, NC would love to have you here.

  4. Ji Kim says:

    I too would like to see the Instructor’s course in the Southeast in the second half of 2013, preferably Atlanta.

  5. Dawn says:

    I live in Perth, Australia. I have been using BAT in my work with reactive dogs and love it. I really want to become a qualified BAT instructor but (unless you are planning on running a course in WA) will be unable to attend a course overseas any time in the near future. What other options are there – is there a course / assessment on-line? Where can I take the exam?
    I hope to attend the APDT conference in Sydney this year, really looking forward to seeing you in action.

  6. JamesGirlJones says:

    Anything in the South East? Alabama would love to have you!

  7. Any chance of you coming to NYC??? We need you here!!! I just got the book, love it! Lots of rescue dogs here, my rescue Minuit got me to enroll in Dog training school, I can only do it online because I have a day job, but we are loving it and loving your book. So many dogs need this type of training here in the city, as I am sure everywhere, but I can only really speak for NYC since I live here. I am very active in dog rescue and all of the dogs in the ACC seem to be “teenagers” and pitbulls. It is soooooo sad!!! I personally have 3 rescues, and believe me, living here I am pushing it! haha But they are awesome and I am hoping that learning how dogs learn will help me to help my fear-aggressive Minuit. Anyway, I am rambling. Hope you can come to NYC or send someone else to help us here. Thanks! -KC

  8. PS I love your illustrator’s work! The angel dog is the face Minuit shows me and the devil dog is the face Minuit shows the neighborhood! We walk with a Baskerville Muzzle and are making progress, but I am sure after buying your book we have more than found hope!! I can not thank you enough!!!!

  9. Molly Sumner says:

    Grisha, If we are taking the course and have a client or know of a possible client who has not been able to afford training, can we suggest them to you? If so how?

    • Grisha says:

      You can refer them to the seminar host. The reactivity issues (to dogs – little or no reactivity to people) need to be relatively mild for the courses because we don’t want to add to their stress with the audience.

  10. Veridiana says:

    Hi! I’m a dog trainer in Brazil, I read your book and I would love to participate of a BAT course to see how it works on in different situations… is there any possibility of coming to Brazil soon? If not, how could I do? Thanks!

    • Grisha says:

      Hi, I don’t have plans for Brazil. I’m all booked up for seminars through the end of 2014 right now, so I’m not adding any new dates. The closest 2-day seminar to you is in Los Angeles in May. We do have the 5-day course in Alaska or Pennsylvania – neither of which is close, but it may still be worth the effort.

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